Pentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military response

first_imgHomeNewsPentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military response May. 12, 2021 at 6:00 amNewsPentagon chief during Jan. 6 riot defends military responseAssociated Press4 weeks agomilitaryNewsriot ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressPresident Donald Trump’s acting defense secretary during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots plans to tell Congress that he was concerned in the days before the insurrection that sending troops to the building would fan fears of a military coup and could cause a repeat of the deadly Kent State shootings, according to a copy of prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.Christopher Miller’s testimony is aimed at defending the Pentagon’s response to the chaos of the day and rebutting broad criticism that military forces were too slow to arrive even as pro-Trump rioters violently breached the building and stormed inside. He casts himself as a deliberate leader who was determined that the military have only limited involvement, a perspective he says was shaped by criticism of the aggressive response to the civil unrest that roiled American cities months earlier, as well as decades-old episodes that ended in violence.The Defense Department, he will tell members of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, has “an extremely poor record in supporting domestic law enforcement,” including during civil rights and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s.“And some 51 years ago, on May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops fired at demonstrators at Kent State University and killed four American civilians,” Miller will say, adding, “I was committed to avoiding repeating these scenarios.”He will also deny that Trump, criticized for failing to forcefully condemn the rioters, had any involvement in the Defense Department’s response and will say that Trump had even suggested that 10,000 troops might be needed for Jan. 6.Miller, expected to testify alongside former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and District of Columbia Police Chief Robert Contee III, will be the most senior Defense Department official to participate in congressional hearings on the riots. The sessions have been characterized by finger-pointing by officials across agencies about missed intelligence, poor preparations and an inadequate law enforcement response.The Capitol Police have faced criticism for being badly overmatched, the FBI for failing to share with sufficient urgency intelligence suggesting a possible “war” at the Capitol, and the Defense Department for an hourslong delay in getting support to the complex despite the violent, deadly chaos unfolding on TV.Rosen, for his part, is expected to tell lawmakers that the Justice Department “took appropriate precautions” ahead of the riot, putting tactical and other elite units on standby after local police reports indicated that 10,000 to 30,000 people were expected at rallies and protests, according to prepared remarks obtained by the AP.Miller’s testimony will amount to the most thorough explanation of Pentagon actions after months of criticism that it took hours for the National Guard to arrive.In his remarks, he defends his resistance to a heavy military response as being shaped by public “hysteria” about the possibility of a military coup or concerns that the military might be used to help overturn the election results. Fearful of amplifying those suspicions — as well as the chance that a soldier might be provoked into violence in a way that could be perceived as an attack on First Amendment activities — he says he agreed in the days before the insurrection to deploy soldiers only in areas away from the Capitol.“No such thing was going to occur on my watch but these concerns, and hysteria about them, nonetheless factored into my decisions regarding the appropriate and limited use of our Armed Forces to support civilian law enforcement during the Electoral College certification,” Miller will say. “My obligation to the Nation was to prevent a constitutional crisis.”Democrats have signaled that they intend to press Miller on why it took so long for the National Guard to arrive despite urgent plans for help. Miller will contend that those complaints are unjustified, though he also concedes that the Guard was not rushed to the scene — a decision that he maintains was intentional.“This isn’t a video game where you can move forces with a flick of the thumb or a movie that glosses over the logistical challenges and the time required to coordinate and synchronize with the multitude of other entities involved, or with complying with the important legal requirements involved in the use of such forces,” he will say.Even after the Guard was requested, he said he felt compelled to send them “in with a plan to not only succeed but that would spare them unnecessary exposure and spare everyone the consequences of poor planning or execution.”“We appreciated the seriousness of the situation, but we did not want to piece-meal National Guard forces into the zone of conflict,” Miller will say.Although the timeline Miller offers in his remarks generally matches up with that provided by other high-ranking leaders, he notably puts himself at odds with William Walker, who as commanding general of the D.C. National Guard testified to what he said were unusual Pentagon restrictions that impeded his response and contributed to a three-hour delay between the time he requested aid and the time it was received. Walker has since become the House sergeant-at-arms, in charge of the chamber’s security.Miller will say that Walker was given “all the authority he needed to fulfill the mission” and that before Jan. 6 he had never expressed any concern about the forces he had at his disposal. He contends that he authorized the deployment of 340 National Guard personnel, the total amount Walker had said would be necessary, and authorized him to use a 40-member quick reaction force provided that Walker could provide him with a so-called concept of operations.Miller said he approved the activation of the Guard at 3 p.m.. He said that though that support did not arrive at the Capitol complex until 5:22 p.m., the coordination, planning and deputizing of personnel by civilian law enforcement all took time.Miller, a Green Beret and retired Army colonel, served as a White House counter terrorism adviser under Trump before being tapped as acting defense secretary for the final months of the Trump administration. He replaced Mark Esper, who was fired after the election after being seen by Trump as insufficiently loyal.The abrupt appointment raised concerns that Miller was in place to be a Trump loyalist. In his opening statement, though, he will say that he believes Trump “encouraged the protesters” but declines to say if he thinks the president bears responsibility. He recounts a conversation on Jan. 5 when Trump, struck by a crowd of supporters at a rally that day, told him that 10,000 troops would be needed the next day.“The call lasted fewer than thirty seconds and I did not respond substantively, and there was no elaboration. I took his comment to mean that a large force would be required to maintain order the following day,” Miller says in his statement.Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant in Washington contributed to this report.Tags :militaryNewsriotshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBird scooters to be booted out of Santa MonicaFire Chief Bill Walker Announces Plans to Join Family in Texas and Lead Fire Department in BedfordYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Improbable acquires The Multiplayer Guys

first_imgImprobable acquires The Multiplayer GuysMultiplayer service provider brought into the fold following collapse of three SpatialOS gamesHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterThursday 26th September 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareSpatialOS developer Improbable announced today it has acquired multiplayer game service company, The Multiplayer Guys. Founded last year and based in Nottingham, UK, The Multiplayer Guys is a 60-strong outfit focused on providing multiplayer implementation services. Although now fully-owned by Improbable, The Multiplayer Guys will continue to operate independently, providing services such as server/client architecture, peer-to-peer networking, and live operations. The acquisition won’t impact any of The Multiplayer Guys’ current services, assured co-founder and CEO Rik Alexander. Improbable’s SpatialOS is a cloud computing platform designed to create vast, persistent worlds for online multiplayer games; despite its promise, three games using the tech have folded within the last few months. First was Bossa Studios’ Worlds Adrift in July, followed in August by both Automaton Games’ Mavericks: Proving Grounds and Spilt Milks Studios’ Lazarus.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games In a statement, Improbable CEO Herman Narula said: “Improbable’s goal is to pioneer and practice new, better ways to approach multiplayer game development using next-generation tools like SpatialOS. “But multiplayer development has many challenges, and by expanding the services that we offer we can help more developers to achieve greater results with their multiplayer games. “The Multiplayer Guys have shown their ability to help studios large and small deliver better multiplayer experiences faster. We’re delighted to add The Multiplayer Guys’ skill and experience to the services we offer.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 9 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 13 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Phoenix Games acquires Sixteen Tons Entertainment

first_img 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Phoenix Games acquires Sixteen Tons EntertainmentGaming label behind Emergency series joins free-to-play-focused development groupRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 15th January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSixteen Tons EntertainmentPhoenix Games has announced today that it has acquired the development group Promotion Software and its gaming label, Sixteen Tons Entertainment.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Promotion Software is a Berlin and Tübingen-based development group that’s existed since 1993 and has developed games for PC, console, and mobile. Its best-known work is the Emergency series, which has spanned over ten standalone entries, including recent free-to-play mobile title Emergency HQ and the PC Complete Emergency collection.”Anyone in the games industry, particularly those in Germany, should be familiar with [founder] Ralph Stock’s incredible track record,” said Phoenix Games CEO Klaas Kersting. “To maintain such a high quality of output for so many years, in such a cutthroat industry, is no accident and speaks to his talent and commitment. We are beyond thrilled to welcome him and his teams into the Phoenix family and be given the chance to play our part in their next chapter.”Phoenix Games was launched in April of last year by games investor and Flaregames founder Klaas Kersting. The group focuses on free-to-play games, and wants to solve common issues related to raising capital for small and midsize studios. The month after its launch, it announced the acquisition of UK developer Well Played Games.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 3 hours agoLatest comments (1)Ethan Einhorn Senior Product Marketing Manager, NVIDIAA year ago Great article! As a huge fan and supporter of premium games, I downloaded Pascal’s Wager right after reading this article. It’s visually stunning; I can’t wait to dive in deep.last_img read more

FDNY EMS Promotes New Officers

first_imgNEW YORK – The FDNY recognized the difficult and life-saving work of EMS members on March 12, when 28 new officers were promoted. “Your work is dangerous, but it’s also fulfilling and rewarding,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during the ceremony at FDNY Headquarters. During the ceremony four captains and 24 lieutenants were promoted. Together, they represent more than 350 years of experience. “You are making an enormous leap forward in your careers,” Chief of Department James Leonard said.last_img

Cake knife-wielding woman indicted for bakery section fracas

first_imgA woman who reportedly used a cake knife in a threatening manner toward customers and police officers while inside an area store was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury.Beaumont Police contend Katrina Davis, 38, of Houston, obtained the cake knife from the bakery section of H-E-B, 3590 College St., and began acting in an “aggressive and erratic manner toward the customers.”A Beaumont Fire marshal, who is also a peace officer, entered the store and tried to intervene by attempting to calm Davis down, but she allegedly turned toward him and attempted to assault him by swinging the knife at his head, according to the warrant for her arrest. Bond was set at $100,000 and she remains in the county jail on the charge.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case. The fire marshal drew the attention to himself as a way to keep the store customers safe while evading the knife.Beaumont officers arrived to assist, and Davis was subdued by Conducted Electrical Weapon “in order to get her to drop the knife and comply with orders,” the document stated.The woman was arrested and Beaumont EMS arrived to treat her for the CEW deployment. She was brought to Baptist Hospital for jail clearance after which she was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.last_img read more

VDH COVID-19 Update: 181 cases in two days

first_imgDaily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)November 12, 2020New or updated information is in red and bold.This update is available online at is external)Click the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data is external)Health Officials Call on People Who Attended Certain Events to Get TestedThe Vermont Department of Health is urging anyone who participated in certain events in northern and central Vermont to get tested for COVID-19.Health officials said contact tracers have been unsuccessful at getting all the information they need about people who attended two Halloween parties on October 31, one in Marshfield and the other in Milton. People who attended those parties should be tested for COVID-19. In addition, members of the bowling leagues that played at Spare Time in Colchester on November 3 and 4 should be tested. To find a testing site, go to is external).The Health Department reported 72 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and 109 cases today ─ the highest number reported since the start of the pandemic. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said that because case numbers are up, the risk to Vermonters is also significantly higher. In a news release issued on Wednesday(link is external), state officials said rising number of clusters and outbreaks often trace back to Vermonters traveling out of state, and to social gatherings like baby showers, Halloween parties, deer camps and other small gatherings where masking and physical distancing are not maintained.The state’s ability to contain the spread of the COVID-19 relies heavily on the cooperation of Vermonters who have tested positive and their close contacts, said Dr. Levine. “But when the contact tracing team is not getting the information it needs, then people who may have been exposed to the virus and don’t know it might be unintentionally transmitting it to others. That’s how an outbreak starts,” Dr. Levine said.Read the press release.Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on November 12, 2020 Description 0.9% New cases* 19 Total tests Contacts monitored 5 245 Hospitalized under investigation 3 1,958 Deaths+ 456,048 Total people recovered 218 Number Hospitalized in ICU Currently hospitalized 109(2,651 total) 10,563 * Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more data at: is external).Get Your Flu Shot!Flu season in Vermont will soon start to hit its stride. And it’s especially important for everyone to get their flu shot this year, and soon – when flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time. We encourage everyone older than 6 months old (with rare exceptions) — and especially people in a high-risk group or who have underlying health conditions — to get their flu vaccine. Help keep flu out of the picture! Learn more about the flu and how to get your flu shot(link is external).Guidance for Vermonters and BusinessesHealth information, guidance and data: is external)By sector guidance: is external)Travel map and modeling: is external)Governor’s actions: is external)Find guidance for long-term care facilities(link is external) and adult day programs(link is external), on the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living’s Restart Vermont web page(link is external).Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).School & Child Care Guidance Strong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools(link is external)Mental Health: A Strong and Healthy Start: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19(link is external)Child care: Health Guidance for Child Care and Out of School Care(link is external)More resources on the Your Community web page(link is external).Traveler InformationAll non-essential travel to or from Vermont now requires quarantine. Visit our Travel & Quarantine(link is external) web page for more information and to sign up with Sara Alert for symptom check reminders(link is external).Getting Tested for COVID-19Visit our testing web page(link is external) to learn about who should get tested and where to get tested.Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthIf you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external). Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255.Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).For more information visit is external).Visit VT Helplink(link is external) to get connected to Alcohol and Drug Support Services.Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT(link is external).See ways for Coping with Stress(link is external). Travelers monitored 197,619 People completed monitoring 59 Percent Positive (7-day average) People testedlast_img read more

TriStar Milton Keynes lands in the UK

first_img Related After months of speculation, TriStar has confirmed it is landing in the UK. The inaugural TriStar Milton Keynes will be held on 29 July 2012, just 10 days before the Olympic triathlon at London 2012. Milton Keynes is located only 80K from London and is a centrally located city well connected by road, rail and air. The UK event is seen by the TriStar team as the perfect addition to the international TriStar triathlon series, taking it to the popular British triathlon market.Milton Keynes is centrally located in the south east of England, less than an hour’s journey from London, and will be the first host city for a TriStar event in the UK. The TriStar111 Milton Keynes (1K swim, 100K cycle and 10K run) is being jointly organized by Star Events and Big Cow Events.Since its inception in 2003 Big Cow Events has successfully organised over 60 events, many now well established in the UK triathlon calendar, and some like the winter and summer duathlon series attracting large numbers and some very competitive racing.Based in Milton Keynes, Big Cow Events has a track record in developing British triathlon and hosting high quality sports events. Milton Keynes is a city with an important cultural life, and was designed under a new concept of modern city planning boasting all the latest amenities and attractions for both residents and visitors alike.TriStar Milton Keynes provides athletes with the opportunity to enjoy a new fun destination in the heart of England. Tristar Milton Keynes will host a TriStar111 and a TriStar33.3. Milton Keynes is one of a handful of new destinations being introduced to the ever popular TriStar Series in 2012, which recently announced TriStar Salzkammergut, TriStar Cannes, TriStar Deauville and TriStar Berlin.2012 will of course be an iconic year in the British sports calendar with England and London hosting the Olympics, and the TriStar Milton Keynes event coincides perfectly with the Olympic Games – taking place just 10 days before the Olympic Triathlon at Hyde Park, in London. In addition to the TriStar111 format, the event will also offer a TriStar 33.3 – billed as being ideal for beginners and novices thanks to its shorter distance of 300m swim, 30K cycle and 3K run.TriStar Milton Keynes will take place at the picturesque Emberton Country Park. The run course itself loops around the whole country park including the attractive conservation area. It’s a fast flat course and ideal for spectators and families alike who will be close to the action and see all the athletes pass on each lap of the run course. The cycle route covers 3 loops of undulating country roads and circumnavigates a number of pretty villages including Weston Underwood where poet William Cowper (1786) once wrote “it’s one of the prettiest villages in the kingdom.”“Star Events is thrilled to be launching the successful triathlon brand TriStar in the UK,” said Laurent Gauthier, President of Star Production SARL, owner of the TriStar brand. “Our unique format will provide a great opportunity for both British, European and international triathletes to come and race in the great landscape of Milton Keynes and its surrounding countryside. The UK is a very important market for us especially with the 2012 Olympic Games around the corner.”“We at Big Cow Events are pleased to be hosting the first TriStar Event in Great Britain together with Star Events,” added Mark Booth, Race Director of TriStar Milton Keynes and Big Cow Events. “TriStar is synonymous with high quality events and being such an innovative format, I am sure that the British triathlon community will pick this up very well. Milton Keynes, and the Emberton Country Park, is a perfect central location and starting point to introduce the TriStar brand in England.”The TriStar label is owned by Star Production SARL, the Monaco based company specializing in organizing high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection. The TriStar Series has grown to 25 races in 15 destinations in less than three years: Split (Croatia), Nevis (St Kitts and Nevis), Milton Keynes (England) Mallorca y Madrid (Spain), Worms-Germany and Berlin (Germany), Lyon, Deauville and Cannes (France), Estonia-Otepää (Estonia), Minnesota (USA), Monaco (Monaco), Sardinia (Italy) and Salzkammergut (Austria).TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (i.e. 111K and 222K), is officially recognized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), and has introduced a new Team Racing Concept www.big-cow.comlast_img read more

Glofox raises US$10m and launches live streaming platform for gyms and…

first_imgGym management software company, Glofox, has launched a new platform that enables gyms and fitness studios to deliver live streaming and premium on-demand content. The company also announced additional funding of US$10 million, bringing total funding for the company to date of US$23 million.Glofox notes that the new platform and funding will ‘enable fitness businesses to keep operating remotely and fulfil their customer fitness needs online during COVID-19, and thrive in a new fitness industry with a stronger digital element in the future.’The additional investment ‘from a new undisclosed investor’, brings the total Series A funding to over US$20 million in a round led by Octopus Ventures. Notion Capital, Partech, Silicon Valley Bank and Tribal VC also participated.Glofox CEO, Conor O’Loughlin, said “COVID-19 has transformed the fitness industry. Many gyms have made the leap to delivering virtual experiences overnight. Consumers have learned how to consume fitness content digitally and are beginning to feel comfortable with that. Businesses are adapting fast, and those that adopt new tools will survive now and be able to add new revenue streams coming out of this pandemic.”He continued, “We are enabling gyms and fitness studios in 48 countries to transform their businesses by adding live workout streaming and on-demand content. Working remotely has allowed fitness entrepreneurs to learn new skills, enabling them to build better businesses in the future.“After the crisis, local businesses that project a digital presence and can deliver complementary online and offline experiences will attract and retain more members.”Marieke Christmann, Octopus Ventures said “Glofox’s continued innovation is providing pioneering ways for gyms to adopt the online models they need to both thrive as a business in these challenging times, and help their customers stay fit.“This highlights the crucial role played by early stage tech companies in mitigating the economic and social impact of COVID-19. In a time when we are restricted to our homes, it’s more important than ever to support consumers so they can exercise and stay healthy. Glofox is at the centre of this trend in the fitness industry; we are excited to see the continued success of this talented team and to support them on their growth journey.”A release from Glofox added… ‘Gyms and fitness studio owners including Tough Mudder Bootcamp, SNAP Fitness, F45 training, Elite Bodyworks, Fit 7/8, 9Round, Greco Fitness, Switch Playground are bringing their workouts online, retaining members, building communities, and managing all aspects of their businesses with Glofox.’Founded in 2014, Glofox gym management software is built to enable fitness businesses to deliver ‘best-in-class physical and digital fitness experiences’. The platform enables studio and gym owners to deliver content and manage bookings, memberships, payments, scheduling, lead generation, sales and retention.With a client base that spans 48 countries across the globe, Glofox adds that it is ‘shaping the fitness industry and ensuring owners and their customers have the best fitness experience.’ Relatedlast_img read more

Velocity Retail promotes two brokers

first_imgVelocity Retail Group, LLC announced Friday that retail brokers John Jackson and Larry Miller, Jr. have been promoted to associate vice president.Larry Miller“Both John and Larry are known for providing their clients with excellent service and superior real estate expertise,” said Greg Coxon, Chief Administrative Officer at Velocity.  “They are an integral part of the team that is working on the eleven-property NorthStar Realty portfolio in Phoenix,” he added.Jackson’s work focuses on working with owners of shopping centers. For over eight years he has been achieving results for his clients by increasing their cash flow, bringing solutions for excess vacancy, and consulting on market strategy and long-range planning.  He has completed hundreds of transactions for both landlords and tenants during his career and was in the top 5 brokers in the office during 2013.Miller has over 12 years’ experience in commercial real estate.  Larry works with developers and landlords to achieve their goals and objectives through highly responsive and proactive marketing strategies, solid tenant relationships, and comprehensive knowledge of the retail real estate arena.  Additionally, Larry represents a number of tenants in their market strategy and expansion plans in Arizona.last_img read more

Being overweight is associated with more frequent sexual activity in men but lower frequency in women, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The study is based on data from 7,049 men and 7,005 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey assessed a number of factors such as sexual behavior, physical activity, and sitting time. It also measured the body mass index of the participants.The researchers found that having a higher body mass index was associated with higher odds of frequent sexual activity in the past year among men who lived alone. In women, however, a higher body mass was associated with lower odds of frequent sexual activity, particularly among those living with their partner.A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness, but it can also overestimate body fat in those with greater than average muscle mass, such as athletes and bodybuilders.The researchers also found that women (but not men) who reported more sedentary behavior tended to report a lower number of sexual partners.“We observed major differences between genders, where men who were overweight had more chances for sexual activity. Furthermore, we also observed that people with obesity who were living alone had lower chances of having a sexual partner over the last year. These results point to probable psychological and cultural issues surrounding obesity which are known but rarely seen in large epidemiological samples,” Grabovac said.The researchers also found that increased levels of physical activity were associated with more frequent sexual activity among men and women who were married or living with their partner. Higher physical activity levels were also associated with more sexual partners for men.The findings highlight “the overall importance of physical activity in our daily lives,” Grabovac told PsyPost.“It is important to be physically active and not to spend too much time sitting, as these not only influence a myriad of health issues, but are also associated with sexual activity. This was confirmed in our results — both men and women who reported more physical activity were more sexually active.”“For people at home, it is important not to underestimate the health effects of obesity on their sexual health, and to openly discuss their worries and issues with healthcare providers. For health care experts, it is important to actively engage with patients about sexuality and sex activities and realize this is a very important part of patients’ lives,” Grabovac added.But the vast majority of the participants were heterosexual, meaning that the results might not generalize to the nonheterosexual population. “Our data did not allow for sub-analyses of sexual and gender minorities. However, it would be interesting to observe these issues in diverse groups and investigate the potential intersectionalities,” Grabovac said.The study, “Associations Among Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Weight Status With Sexuality Outcomes: Analyses from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey“, was authored by Igor Grabovac, Chao Cao, Sandra Haider, Sinisa Stefanac, Sarah E. Jackson, Viren Swami, Daragh T. McDermott, Lee Smith, and Lin Yang. For men, being overweight is linked to increased odds of sexual activity. But the opposite is true for women, according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study examined the relationships between body weight, physical activity, and sexual behavior.“So far, interest in sex and sexuality in health sciences has been predominantly focused on various pathologies and dysfunction as well as sexually transmitted infections. We are now starting to realize a number of salutogenic effects of sexual activities and there is research showing it to be important for mental and physical health,” said study author Igor Grabovac (@GrabovacIgor) of the Medical University of Vienna.“Therefore, as a first step it is important to investigate different associations with sexual activities in epidemiological studies that will guide further research. Given that obesity is a major public health issues in the US as well globally, we wanted to see how these issues influence sexual activity in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults.”center_img Pinterest Share Emaillast_img read more